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NFL's Super Bowl 'Golden Team' released

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In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Super Bowl, the NFL has released their "Golden Team" ahead of next week's golden game.

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The NFL is preparing for next week's Super Bowl 50, marking the 50th championship game held first between the NFL and the AFL, then between the merged NFC and AFC. The league has been celebrating this game all season, with the 50 yard lines for 31 teams painted gold throughout the year (the Oakland Raiders were the only team to not make the painting change). The league even changed the tradition of using roman numerals for the Super Bowl so that this year would be "Super Bowl 50" not "Super Bowl L."

Thursday morning, the league announced the "Super Bowl 50 Golden Team," naming players from every position who had great career performances in the first 49 Super Bowls. The picks were made by the Pro Football Hall of Fame Board of Selectors and consists of one quarterback, two running backs, two wide receivers, one tight end, two offensive tackles, two guards, one center, two interior defensive linemen, two defensive ends, two inside linebackers, two outside linebackers, two cornerbacks, two safeties, one kicker, one punter, one return specialist, and one head coach.

One Miami Dolphins player made the list for his performances in Super Bowls VI, VII, and VIII. Scott was named the MVP of Super Bowl VII, the game that capped Miami's Perfect Season, with a two-interception performance.

The full Golden Team roster is below. The roster should bring up some good debate, with selections like Joe Montana over Tom Brady or Terry Bradshaw.

OFFENSE

QUARTERBACK (1)

TIGHT END (1)

Joe Montana

Jay Novacek

RUNNING BACKS (2)

WIDE RECEIVERS (2)

Franco Harris

Jerry Rice

Emmitt Smith

Lynn Swann

OFFENSIVE TACKLES (2)

CENTER (1)

Art Shell

Mike Webster

Forrest Gregg

GUARDS (2)

HEAD COACH (1)

Gene Upshaw

Chuck Noll

Larry Allen


DEFENSE

DEFENSIVE ENDS (2)

INTERIOR LINEMEN (2)

Reggie White

Joe Greene

Charles Haley

Randy White

CORNERBACKS (2)

SAFETIES (2)

Mel Blount

Ronnie Lott

Deion Sanders

Jake Scott

OUTSIDE LINEBACKERS (2)

INSIDE LINEBACKERS (2)

Lawrence Taylor

Jack Lambert

Jack Ham

Ray Lewis

SPECIALISTS

KICKER (1)

RETURN SPECIALIST (1)

Adam Vinatieri

Desmond Howard

PUNTER (1)

Ray Guy